Find out more about the members of TAC A by reading their biographies.

Dr Jane Adam, MB BS, MRCP, FRCR


Consultant Radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London

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Jane is consultant radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London with subspecialty interests including Computerised Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and oncological imaging.

She is former Chairman of both The Clinical Radiology Audit and Standards Subcommittees of the Royal College of Radiologists, former RCR Recertification Lead and previous member of RCR Education Board, Faculty Board and Council.

She was founding Chair of the Audit and Standards Committee of the European Society of Radiology, currently chairs the Professional Organisation Committee, and is a member of the ESR Executive Council.

Dr Brian Shine


Consultant chemical pathologist, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust

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Brian Shine is a consultant chemical pathologist in the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Oxford.

He trained in medicine in Zimbabwe, and in Clinical Biochemistry at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and then worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

His clinical interests are endocrinology (particularly neuroendocrine tumours and thyroid cancer), renal stone disease, metabolic bone disease, lipid disorders, and inherited metabolic disorders. His other interests include statistics, evidence based medicine, use of information technology in laboratories, postgraduate medical education, and research ethics.

Dr Graham Ash, BSc Msc MB ChB FRCPsych MRCP(UK)

Consultant Psychiatrist, Chorley & West Lancashire Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Graham is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Manchester in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry and has since maintained interests in clinical and research aspects of the interface between physical health and mental health, and the evaluation of medications for mood disorders. He has served as a member of the Executive of the Liaison Psychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a Foundation Trust Staff Governor.

Dr Minal Bakhai

General Practitioner

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Biography coming soon.

Richard M. Ballerand

Lay member

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Richard is a Franco-British health policy advisor. With a dual finance and defence background, degrees in economics, strategy and psychology, a former military liaison officer, he later served as non-exec or trustee on think-tanks, boards and councils.

He chairs his GP’s patient participation group. He is lay member on the NHSx National Data Collaborative for Health and Care, an NIHR Health Technology Assessment Prioritisation committee and the NHSE London Clinical Senate. He is an EMA European patient expert and active health systems networker, with roles on four London NHS Trusts.

Richard draws on extensive lived family experience of British, French and American healthcare systems. Having sustained a traumatic brain injury during his doctoral studies, Richard has a special interest in those with invisible disabilities, and in the challenges facing both ex-military and diverse communities.

Jeremy Braybrooke, BSc BM FRCP PhD

Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol

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Jeremy trained in oncology at the Cancer Research UK Medical Oncology unit in Oxford. During this time he completed a PhD on DNA repair proteins and developed an interest in translational research.

He has worked in Bristol since 2003 and developed a large research focussed clinical practice specialising in lung, breast and testicular cancers.

Jeremy is enthusiastic about improving patients' experience of chemotherapy treatments and chairs the Avon Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Network Drugs and Therapeutics committee. He is a member of the NICE Lung Cancer Guideline Development Group.

Dr Justin Daniels

Consultant Paediatrician, North Middlesex University Hospital

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Justin is a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at North Middlesex University Hospital. His clinical interests are paediatric HIV and paediatric dermatology. He is also the clinical lead for paediatrics. He is an honorary senior lecturer at University College and teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates. He is the designated doctor for child deaths for the London Borough of Enfield.

Dr Steven J. Edwards

Director of Health Technology Assessment, BMJ Technology Assessment Group (BMJ-TAG)

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Steve leads one of the health technology assessment groups, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to conduct independent research to support health policy decision making.

Since 1999, Steve has been involved in exploring methods for evidence synthesis and health economic evaluation. His primary research interests relate to making best use of the available evidence for decision making, with an emphasis on the appropriate design and conduct of studies, aggregation of clinical data, and their use in economic modelling.

Steve is an Honorary Lecturer in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a member of the Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Group, and the statistics advisor for diagnostic test accuracy systematic reviews for the Cochrane Skin Group. Until April 2018, Steve was a member of the NICE Diagnostics Advisory Group.

Rita Faria

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

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Rita is a health economist at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York. Rita has extensive experience in economic evaluation in a wide range of areas including drugs, devices, diagnostic tests and complex interventions in health and social care. Rita’s research interests are in using economic evaluation to inform complex decision problems and non-randomised data.

Adrian Griffin MSc, BSc

Vice President, HTA & International Policy, Johnson & Johnson

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Adrian is VP of Health Technology Assessment and International policy at Johnson & Johnson. Since graduating in health economics he has held a variety of UK, European, and global positions in health economics and reimbursement in both the pharmaceutical and medical device & diagnostic industries.

Sumithra Maheswaran

Chief Pharmacist, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Having completed her pharmacy undergraduate degree at Kings College London, Sumithra has gained extensive experience in clinical pharmacy across hospital and commissioning. She also has a Masters in Business Administration from Imperial College Business School.

Sumithra has particular interest in medication safety, evidence-based medicines and guidelines.


Professor of Medical Cardiology, University of Glasgow

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John is honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and has a special interest in clinical trials (particularly in cardiovascular disease but also in diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease), guidelines and evidence-based medicine.

Sarah Parry RN, BSc (Hons), MSc

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Acute, and Palliative Pain Management, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

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Sarah is an experienced nurse and Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Pain Medicine at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. She has clinical experience in a large variety of paediatric specialities spanning over two decades and has held a number of senior posts within the NHS. Areas of experience include research methodology, systematic reviews and patient safety with a keen focus on medication.

Sarah's qualifications include a masters in pain and advance nursing practice. She also participated in the development of the RCN paediatric pain assessment guidelines.  Additional roles outside of the NHS include:

  • core member of the RCN children and younger person’s pain group
  • honouree lecturer at both Cardiff University and University of the West of England
  • specialist adviser for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Sarah has two sons that keep her work-life balance in order. She enjoys most sports, particularly skiing, and keeps fit doing yoga and swimming. But most importantly, she is enthusiastic supporter of welsh rugby!

Ms Pamela Rees

Lay member

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After obtaining an undergraduate degree and a post graduate certificate in education, Pamela undertook post graduate studies in urban and regional planning at the Architectural Association, London. She is currently studying for her Masters in Public Health at Nottingham University. Panela has taught in secondary, further and adult education for over ten years before going into youth work and then to work with Nottingham City Council in community development and regeneration. She recently retired from working as a Public Health manager with Leicester City PCT is now looking forward to having time to devote to voluntary work, to her garden and to her daughters.

In 2006-7, Pamela was a community member of the NICE Public Health Programme Development Group for the Smoking Cessation Services guidance (NICE PH10). She has worked with ‘disadvantaged' communities for over thirty years and for the past decade the main focus of her work has been on improving patient and public understanding of and involvement in health; improving information and access to appropriate health care services and enabling individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health. Her commitment to social inclusion, equality and supporting public involvement in the forces that shape their lives owes much to this experience and to her personal experience as a carer.

Ellen Rule MSc, BSc (Hons) Dunelm, BSc (Hons)

Programme Director, NHS Bristol

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Ellen is an experienced health care manager with a Masters degree in health economics. She has held a number of roles in both hospital management and commissioning, her current role being at NHS Bristol as Programme Director for (acute) hospital commissioning. Prior to joining the NHS she worked in the cabinet office, for a government policy unit concerned with equity and equality issues.

She has a particular interest in health technology assessment and the role of HTA in ensuring that equitable and rational funding decisions are taken by the NHS.

Outside of her NHS management role she actively participates in research, principally through working alongside clinical trials as a health economist.

Dr Paul Robinson

Medical Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Paul is Medical Director at Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Merck & Co Inc.

He qualified in medicine at The Royal London Hospital and entered the pharmaceutical industry after 10 years in general medicine and cardiology. He heads a department with responsibility for clinical research execution, pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs, as well as the medical governance and support of the company's commercial activities.

He is Visiting Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire.

Dr Mohit Sharma

Consultant in Healthcare, Public Health England

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Mohit is currently a Consultant in healthcare with Public Health England, where he advises the NHS from a population perspective. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford and has worked with the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Department of Health. He has also been a NICE Scholar.

Prior to moving into public health, Mohit worked as a surgeon for a number of years in India and in the NHS.

Mr Stephen Sharp

Senior Statistician, University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit

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Stephen leads the statistical work for the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit, whose goal is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders and to contribute to the prevention of these disorders. He is a Lecturer for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health and is a statistical reviewer for journals including “The Lancet” and “Diabetologia”.

Stephen has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked as a medical statistician within academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and has experience in the design, analysis and reporting of various clinical trials and observational studies. He has also worked on meta-analysis methods, and taught medical statistics on courses in the UK and abroad.

Mr Min Ven Teo

Clinical pharmacist

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Min is a clinical pharmacist in a general practice. He was trained at the Welsh School of Pharmacy and subsequently completed an International Masters in Health Technology Assessment and Management under the Ulysses Programme. He spent 2017 to 2018 as a NICE Scholar and is currently a NICE Medicine and Prescribing Associate.

Min has an interest in evidence based medicine and decision making.

Dr Alice Turner

Consultant in respiratory medicine, Heartlands hospital

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Alice graduated from the University of Leicester. She has done postgraduate training via the Universities of Dundee and Birmingham, completing a PhD focussed on COPD and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD).

She has been a consultant in respiratory medicine at Heartlands hospital since 2011, and is a reader in respiratory medicine at University of Birmingham. In addition she has been a member of the BTS specialist advisory group on COPD and the European Respiratory Society task force on AATD. She has published widely in COPD and AATD, and has ongoing research projects funded by the Alpha 1 Foundation, NIHR, ATS Foundation and others.

Dr Mark Upton

General Practitioner, Yorkshire Medical Chambers

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Mark works as a GP in North Yorkshire through Yorkshire Medical Chambers. Previously, he was a GP partner on Teesside for 15 years. He trained in medicine at University College London and has postgraduate training in human physiology from King’s College London, epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and genomics from the University of Birmingham.

Before GP partnership, funded by a Wellcome fellowship in clinical epidemiology at the University of Glasgow, Mark was principal investigator of the Midspan Family Study in Renfrew and Paisley, a population-based study of cardio-respiratory diseases. His main research interest is the early life origin of chronic respiratory diseases. He has published on respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic epidemiology. Mark has been an editorial writer and peer reviewer for medical journals, and a peer reviewer for research funding bodies.

Dr John Watkins

Clinical Senior Lecturer / Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Cardiff University and National Public Health Service Wales

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John is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the National Public Health Service for Wales,NPHS, is the consultant lead for chronic disease management and specialist adviser to the NPHS and Welsh Assembly Government, WAG, on Influenza and Pandemic planning, where he has chaired its Influenza Advisory Group. Prior to devolved regional government in the UK, John was a member of a scientific advisory group that helped the UK Department of Health develop Influenza vaccination policy. He was formerly Medical Director of Primary Health Care at Gwent Health Authority, a post he held for some eight years. Prior to his career in Medicine he completed a first class honours degree in Physics and went on to study for a PhD before starting medical school.

John has an active research programme in a number of areas, particularly Influenza and other respiratory diseases and has published and lectured at home and abroad on this subject. His research has included studies on disease impact, both in adults and children, vaccine effectiveness and usage and the historical impact of pandemic disease.

His hobbies include; skiing, he is a rather ‘geriatric' athlete and rugby player, DIY and flying light aircraft and lives in Monmouthshire with his wife and two daughters. John continues in active clinical practice as a GP in Newport, South Wales.

Dr Roger Whittaker

Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

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Roger is clinical senior lecturer in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. His clinical and research focus is developing and testing novel diagnostic techniques for patients with neurological diseases.

Professor Olivia Wu

Professor of Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow

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Olivia is the Deputy Director of the Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment Research Group at the University of Glasgow, where she leads the Evidence Synthesis Research Programme.

Originally a pharmacy graduate, she also has an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology and PhD in Public Health and Health Economics. She has extensive expertise in the areas of evidence synthesis, risk prediction modelling and economic evaluation. In addition to her research, Olivia is a member of the Health Service and Population Health Research Committee for the Chief Scientist Office Scotland and an advisor to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

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